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Ryedale is safe place to live – survey says
RYEDALE is a safe place to live, according to 98 per cent of residents who completed a recent survey.
The crime survey was completed by 767 Ryedale residents for North Yorkshire Police, Street Scene and Safer Ryedale regarding issues concerning their neighbourhood.
The survey revealed that:
•98 per cent of respondents felt that Ryedale is a safe place to live;
•94 per cent felt that crime level in Ryedale was low;
•81 per cent have confidence in Safer Ryedale and their local Safer Neighbourhood Police;
•57.4 per cent complained about speeding motorists;
•40 per cent complained about dog mess;
•35.37 per cent were concerned about illegal parking;
•33 per cent were concerned about litter.
Crime levels in Ryedale continue to fall in 2013-14 with notable reductions in violence offences and vehicle crime.
Inspector Andy Everitt, head of police in Ryedale, said he was delighted that such a high number of people in the survey felt safe in Ryedale as this was their number one priority.
“That said, we are determined to maintain Ryedale as one of the lowest crime areas in the country and will continue to rigorously pursue those persons who seek to commit crime and ant-social behaviour in our communities,” he said.
“Keeping our communities informed of what we are doing is also very important to us.
“In partnership with other agencies such as the fire service, we will continue to monitor our speeding hotspots and run surveys on emerging locations before undertaking targeted enforcement work through local and road policing officers.”
Insp Everitt said that in Ryedale all agencies worked closely alongside each other to deliver the three main elements relating to speeding problems, those being engineering, education and enforcement.
“I know that parking is a problem in our towns. The new parking enforcement officers, supported by local officers and PCSOs, will continue to enforce the law where necessary,” he said.
“I ask all drivers to act responsibly and consider other road users when parking their vehicles in our town centres.”
North Yorkshire Police, Street Scene and Safer Ryedale will also continue to crackdown on people who allow their dogs to foul on the footpaths of Ryedale by issuing fixed penalty notices.
Recent proactive work includes the Caught Doing Right initiative where responsible dog owners were entered into a free prize draw.
Insp Everitt said: “This proactive work shows communities our persistence to solving the dog fouling complaints in Ryedale and we will continue proactive work which will help raise awareness of this increasing problem.”
Coun Eric Hope, one of Ryedale District Council’s representatives on the Safer Ryedale Delivery Team, said: “A huge amount of work goes into keeping Ryedale safe and this feedback is extremely important.
“These results highlight that Ryedale residents appreciate the safe community they live in, feel their concerns are being listened to and they are kept informed about what action is being taken to deal with them.”
The full results of the survey are published on the Safer Ryedale website www.ryesafe.gov.uk, where any one who missed the street questionnaire can also express their views.
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